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Eugene Civillico, PhD

Program Manager, NIH's Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) Program

Eugene Civillico, PhD, is the Program Manager for Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC), a program of the NIH Common Fund.

Dr. Civillico earned his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studying the neurophysiology of sensory integration in the rodent cerebral cortex in vivo. Following postdoctoral training in cerebellar physiology and two-photon microscopy, Dr. Civillico joined Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, where he led a small early-stage discovery team. Dr. Civillico moved to FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health in 2011, where he developed a research portfolio addressing roadblocks to the translation of neuroengineering and rehabilitation research concepts into clinical solutions.

He joined the Office of the NIH Director in 2016 to lead SPARC, and maintains research collaborations with the medical device laboratories at FDA/CDRH.